Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong preposition.

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is stranding prepositions incorrect? [duplicate]

I recently came across this issue. I searched online and found that a stranded preposition might be no longer treated as incorrect, but it's just a guess. Are you still taught not to end a sentence ...
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capacities to do or capacities in doing?

What is the best choice that can be used after "capacities": Do people have capacities to do (I think this is right), or capacities in doing (as a good friend of mine insists)? For example, ...
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Which preposition for “Are you new to/at/in school?”

I want to ask this question, but I'm not sure which preposition to use: Are you new to/at/in school? If a student asks this question to a new teacher, which preposition sound better?
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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“Walk in” or “Walk into”? How to decide whether to use “in” or “into”? [duplicate]

"You can't just walk in/into the class without permission". What is the word to go by in this statement?
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“Challenged by” or “Challenged with”? How to decide whether to use “by” or “with”?

Freedom was challenged with/by the clashing wills of powerful states and evil designs of tyrants. Which one to use "by" or "with"?
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prepositions in or on [duplicate]

I am confused with preposition. I have experiences in the field of children and young people or I have experiences on the field of children and young people? which is correct?
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I knew him/know him/had know him already

Could anyone clear my doubt. I am very confused when to use KNOW and KNEW. Suppose if there is a conversation between two people. A is introducing his new friend C to B. A: Let me introduce my ...
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Preposition to use with the phrase “come to an understanding”

So, I'm to translate a sentence to English. It's something like: We've succeeded in coming to an understanding ______ all questions discussed. I suppose that I should use either about or in to ...
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'Vote their conscience' or 'Vote with their conscience'

Is the preposition required in this sentence? Representatives should vote their conscience on Monday. OR Representatives should vote with their conscience on Monday. Or are both okay? Is one better? ...
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'Catalyst for' vs 'catalyst to'

I came across this sentence in an exercise: 'Arkwright is considered the father of the modern industrial factory system and his inventions were a catalyst ___ the Industrial Revolution.' There are 3 ...
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Using “of” after a coordinating conjuction [duplicate]

How should I say this? The color of the chair and the table ... The color of the chair and of the table ... Why should that option be used (apart from being the correct one)?
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“Member FDIC” instead of “Member of FDIC”?

For several years now (as long as I've paid attention) almost every ad or commercial for a bank or credit union says they are Member FDIC or Member NCUA. Where is the of? Why are these not Member of ...
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“Within countries”?

In editing an academic text, I came across this sentence: "This implies that within countries, women in stable employment have a higher probability of a second child than women who are not in stable ...
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Aim for, aim at, aim to

I was asked what the differences are in usage between these three, but I think I probably confused things more than I helped. I guess mostly it's a matter of style? I wondered if anyone had a good ...
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Globalisation encourage economic cooperation among/between nations?

Globalisation encourage economic cooperation among/between nations. My approach: Before my teacher taught me i saw various rules and also found some questions here related to difference between ...
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How to indicate the number of persons that will be attending an event

I created a website for users to RSVP to a wedding. One of the questions they have to answer is to indicate how many persons will attend the wedding. What is the correct wording for a question like ...
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which is the suitable preposition for the end of “ keep/stay in touch”?

Is there any other preposition that we can use after "stay in touch"+with, instead of with? thank you
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prepositional phrases used as nouns

Looking for examples of prepositional phrases that function as nouns. This example has been given: 'After three o'clock would be more convenient for me.' 'After three o'clock' serves as the subject. ...
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OUT east vs BACK east [closed]

I have heard various terms to describe one's travels East. Some people say, "I am going out East." Others say, "I'm going back East." Still others say, "I'm going down East." Which is correct?
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Preposition phrases: “for many days in a cocoon” / “in a cocoon for many days”

Are both sentences correct, or is one of them wrong grammatically ? 1) After eating, they rest for many days in a cocoon. 2) After eating, they rest in a cocoon for many days. I can't figure out ...
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Obtain a visa “in”, “from” or “at” the embassy? [closed]

What is the correct preposition in this statement? I obtained my visa at/in/from the Embassy of the Republic of ... I have a visa now, I visited an embassy, made all the procedures and ...
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Say below in case the objects are touching each other

I am implemening an Andoird app where the activity has map view and below it, I have small area to display some information about the markers in the map. The map and this area are touching. ...
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“Up until 8th” - including 8th or not? [duplicate]

I've got this message from my friend: "I'll be pretty busy basically up until the 8th November." In this case, which is correct, he will be pretty busy including 8th or he will not be pretty busy from ...
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“During” or “In” in a sentence without a verb

I'm correcting a list of parameter titles and explanations in a technical document where the prepositions of times have been used carelessly. The parameter titles mostly don't include verbs because ...
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Do we just need “this morning” or have to use “in this morning”? Ex: “He fed his dog (in) this morning?”

Ok, let see these sentences: "He fed his dog in the morning" "He fed his dog this morning" "He fed his dog in this morning" So, which sentence is correct? It seems that the 2nd one is used more ...
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Is the use of “for” where “because” would fit allowed?

Take the following example: You probably couldn't see for the lights but you were staring straight at me. I get that the for there could've been replaced by because of to the same effect, right? ...
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What is the function of the word “that” here? (And is “absent” a verb in this sentence?) [closed]

What is the grammatical function of "that" in the following sentence. I'm having a hard time explaining to students why a verb (absent) is preceded by "that." Students assume a noun should follow ...
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Prepositional Phrase Help

If a long prepositional phrase is inserted into the middle of a sentence, such as in the example to follow, should a second comma be used to enclose the beginning of the phrase: What most ...
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Why are we in love “with” someone?

I'd like to learn the etymology of using the preposition with in the phrase in love with somebody. For me it doesn't make much sense because with seems to imply something that is shared by two people, ...
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Usage of from, in and at with reference to place of learning

I am slightly confused about the usage of "from" "at" and "in". He was born in England He studied at XXX School, Delhi He did his schooling from XXX School, Delhi All of these seem to be ...
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Difference between “Do something to somebody” and "Do something for somebody.

Can someone please explain the difference between "Do something to somebody" and "Do something for somebody." it seems to me that to do something to somebody carries a negative meaning, while to do ...
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Three prepositions in a row

Does it sound strange or funny to have three prepositions in a row, as in He jumped out from behind a dustbin? If yes, is there a simple way to avoid it?
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In/On + Morning [closed]

I encountered a phrase "on a cold winter morning". Is it correct? I think It should be "in a cold winter morning". e.g. Sunrise on a cold winter morning outside Van Buren Hotel
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Consulting to or consulting for?

What would be the correct usage of (to/for) in the following phrase? ... a small technology company specializing in consulting (to/for) dog owners Thank you,
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What/Which train are you going on/by? [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following interrogative structures? What train are you going on/by? Which train are you going on/by? And which of the prepositions, given at the end ...
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Alex is by Jan or Alex is with Jan [closed]

First: Alex is by Jan. or Alex is with Jan. Second: Where's the ketchup? It's over there, by the mustard. or Where's the ketchup? It's over there, with the mustard.
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In a mortar or with a mortar? In a juicer or with a juicer?

Is there any difference in usage, or is one of them correct whilst the other not? To grind an acorn in/with a mortar. To juice an orange in/with a juicer.
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In the tube or on the tube?

If I would like to ask, if someone reads the news on / in the tube? (btw Tube being the underground in London) Which one is correct? Thanks,
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Difference between for and of

Is it 1. The renewal dates of the books 2. The renewal dates for the books
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“Log in” or “Log on”? [duplicate]

What is correct? He was logging on to the Bitrack database. He was logging in to the Bitrack database. Please note a password is required to log on/in to the database.
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What's the usage of “Unlike like, say …, …”?

In the following sentence and context, do Lego and Emoji have underlying rights to be purchased? Unlike like, say Lego, there are also no underlying rights here to purchase, which makes this as ...
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To or Towards…?

Can 'to' be replaced with/used interchangeably with 'towards' in an essay to make myself sound more sophisticated or are there linguistical complications associated with using it everywhere? If so, ...
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passive form of “recruit” followed by “in” or “into”

A total of 100 patients were recruited ___ the study. Do I have to say recruited into the study or recruited in the study?
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Can I use “within” in place of “before” in “I will go there before 7 p.m.”? [closed]

I will go there before 7 p.m. Can I use "within 7 p.m." in this sentence ? Or would it be wrong to use "within"?
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Question about the sentence “The child stroked the cat under the table”

I'm reading a book talking about prepositions in English. The following sentence is from it. The child stroked the cat under the table The author told us that "under the table" is modifying ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery? [closed]

Which preposition should I use in the following sentence: I applied ____ greencard lottery. Would it be: I applied for the greencard lottery. or I applied to the greencard lottery. ...
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Need help with a convoluted sentence

I'm trying to simplify this sentence, but I can't figure out how. The string of "was when even after" makes it sound very odd, especially when you read it out loud. The most unusual situation I ...
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Can we use “around about” like this? [closed]

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.